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Mookie Betts forced to play second base after Ian Kinsler injury

Rob Bradford
August 03, 2018 - 7:55 pm

It didn't take long for Mookie Betts' night to get a little crazy.

After serving as the impetus for Alex Cora's first career ejection in the first inning -- after a Luis Severino brushback -- Betts was forced to play a position he hadn't manned since 2014, second base.

While rounding third on the way to scoring the Red Sox' third run of the first inning, Ian Kinsler seemed to pull up lame, ultimately walking slowly back to the home team's dugout. He would not come out for the top of the second inning, with Betts moving to second from right field and Steve Pearce going to become the Sox' new right fielder. Mitch Moreland took Pearce's spot at first base.

Kinsler was classified by the Red Sox as having left hamstring tightness.

For Betts, it was the first time he had played second base -- the position he broke into the big leagues at -- since Sept. 28, 2014. He would be tested right away, cleanly fielding an Aaron Hicks' grounder to lead off the second inning.

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